A tropical paradise like no other, the Andaman Islands or simply, the Andaman’s allure lies in its crystalline aquamarine waters and white sandy beaches. An archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, of over 500 island clusters, there are some that remain uninhabited but the ones that are not like Havelock, Neil and Little Andamans, the sensory treat in store will overwhelm you. Here is a countdown of all the things you must-do in the Andamans.
Be a Beach Bum
The absolute number one thing to do in the Andamans is be a beach bum. It is hard to resist the soft white sands of beaches like Elephant, Corbyn’s Cove, Bharatpur and Laxmanpur. Palms swaying in the gentle breeze and calm surfs lapping up the shoreline are the ultimate stimulation as you lie back in a hammock with a cocktail in life contemplating how you can stay in heavenly Andamans forever!
Be a Water Baby
With waters that are warm and inviting, the only thing you will want to do is jump in. Go swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving and see some phenomenal underwater fauna. For something, more thrilling, undersea walking is an exciting adventure where you walk sand of the sea floor. Banana boat rides, parasailing and jet skiing are other popular water activities that you can have a blast doing.
Take a History Tour
Beyond its beaches, Andamans has a significant in history to tell of. Visit sites like Cellular Jail, which was known as ‘kala pani’ and was used by the British to imprison political prisoner. Also, spend time at the many museums like the Science Center and Samudrika in the capital, Port Blair. There is also much to learn about the indigenous tribes of the islands at the Anthropological Museum.
Go Island hopping
Over hundreds of islands to explore, discovering the Andamans is like finding a treasure chest every step of the way. Rent a boat and set off on an island hopping adventure. Discover all that which makes islands like Neil, Havelock and Ross so stunning. Local fishermen are more than obliging to take you around after they haul in their morning catch so make the most of it!
Andamans is a foodie’s delight. Savour all things delicious from a traditional South Indian meal served on a banana leaf to seafood delicacies freshly caught for the day and grilled to perfections. The region also has strong influences of Burmese and Thai cuisines and the generous use of coconut in many dishes can be attributed to them growing everywhere. Go ahead and treat your taste buds in the Andamans!
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.